When our designers create new products, there is always a starting point and as a way to give you a sneak peek at the new offerings that are debuting soon, we’re sharing their inspirations for a few of their designs. One of our designers envisioned an entirely new category of lighting for us, which we think everyone will love. We’ve asked Ian Thornton to kick off the post by explaining how he hit upon the idea of bringing cluster lights to market. We will insert links to the new products in the next several days; we hope you enjoy this early look at some of our fall introductions.
Designers Dish on Their Inspirations
We bring Ian’s inspiration for the multi-drops to light by way of a few interview questions that follow his aspirations for our newest category of lighting.
Ian Thornton on Multi-Drops, A New Category for Designers
The beauty of this collection is that it allows designers to create movement in a space. Each light affixed to the canopies comes with ten feet of cable that attaches it to each socket. The links of these cables can easily be shortened by compressing a button and pushing the wire into the canopy. This allows designers to create long dramatic drops in a stairwell, or random waves over an island or dinner table. I wanted to create a multi-drop system at Currey & Company because I feel like we have something different to offer the industry. Our multi-drop system allows us to create shades using the diverse materials familiar to our brand. The beauty of this system is that we created seven canopies to fit the needs of interior designers in a number of ways. On those seven canopies, we can hang a variety of shade designs. We will continue to design and develop more shades in the future, which will add diverse designs to this category of lighting.
C&C: Tell us why you felt the time is right for us to debut multi-drops.
IT: Multi-drops are not new to the industry, but what we can do with them will be. Whether it’s our hammered metal from India, mother-of-pearl and bone China from China, or handcrafted Capiz shells from the Philippines, we are creating shades in the multi-drop arena that nobody has ever seen before. Currey & Company is uniquely positioned in the marketplace to bring these diverse materials to the multi-drop genre. Keep your eyes peeled and ear to the ground because our next round of shades for the multi-drop line will change everything.
C&C: What new technology did you use in the design?
IT: We are using FCC-approved transformers/drivers. These drivers are rated by the FCC to not emit electromagnetic radiation that could interfere with other electronics in the area. Very few transformers and drivers in the industry have been FCC rated. The transformers we are using are fully capable of running ten-watt halogen bulbs or two-watt LED bulbs and can be dimmed from 100% to 0% without flickering. We spent months finding exactly the right transformers that can run halogen and LED bulbs that meet our high level of expectation. Many other multi-drops in the industry do not allow the user to easily to make adjustments to the height of the cable after the fixture is mounted and the shades are installed. Our system allows designers free range to make finely tuned adjustments to the shade heights at any time.
C&C: What in particular inspired each of the elements in the current introductions?
IT: The design of each of the seven canopies was derived from the uses in an environment. For instance, we see the single light being used in multiples over a bar or as a single over a nightstand. The 36-light round canopy can be used as a dramatic focal point in a stairway or as a dining room fixture.
As for the shades, the Finhorn mother of pearl shades were inspired by a material I saw on one of our trips to China; they join the Finhorn Pendant in our product line. The white bone China shade, the Dove, is a modern take on the multi-drop shade. The geometric lines remind me of finely made origami. The Capiz-shell shades were inspired by the Catrice fixtures we offer. The pierced-metal shades were modeled after designs I saw during our trips to India—the beautiful handcrafted metal work I experienced at our vendors was memorable. The Crystal Bud shades came from the design of many of our crystal fixtures.
Aimee Kurzner on New Furniture Pieces
We have new introductions in our Bramford family of furniture. Debuting are a nightstand and cabinet in a light wheat finish, the cabinet shown above with the original piece in the family of furniture, the Bramford Natural Chair. We are also introducing luxe additions in caviar black shown in the photograph below. Both the wheat and black cabinets have removable wine racks that make these new introductions elegant bar cabinets, which we know will excite designers.
The lovely motif on each of the Bramford pieces was inspired by a luxurious handbag that Aimee spotted, the pattern on the frame of the chair, the cabinet doors, and the nightstand drawers made of interwoven contrasting colors of leather.
Aimee says of the Royce Emerald Chanterelle Chair, “I really love this exposed wood front with solid wood fretwork.” The green chair has loose seat and back cushions, and a fully upholstered seat deck. The Chair is made of solid oak with our Chanterelle finish, which has tremendous character to it. It is upholstered in F0235 Swagger Emerald fabric.
Clarence Mallari on Several Lighting Debuts
Clarence Mallari, who designed the Menorca Chandelier, says of its inspiration: “Watching football is always exciting and I decided I wanted to create a chandelier in the shape of the ball, which is a prolate spheroid with rounded ends. This makes the rope chandelier special because, just as you have to be a trained professional to throw the ball well, you have to be an experienced artisan to wrap the abaca rope around the metal laser-cut frame in this odd open shape so that it’s seamless.” The contemporary silver leaf finish is a luminous touch that we know designers will appreciate.
Clarence says of his inspiration for our Rousham Chandelier that he was keen to add the unusual accent that runs along the center of its fabric shade. The twine panel was created when recycled paper was twisted and tightly wrapped around a metal frame. The sustainable material, which is affixed to the center of the shade after it is completed, is then coated with a sealant to protect it from moisture. The beige chandelier is suspended with aircraft cable to keep the composition light.
Barry Goralnick on His New Debuts
The Artemis Cocktail Table is the latest addition to the Artemis family of products in the Barry Goralnick Collection. Barry continues to play with the scale and application of the Greek Key motif in this graphic, show-stopping piece. The simplicity of a waterfall table is married with a single over-scaled Greek Key, which is asymmetrically set. The result is a fresh, graphic form with a gorgeous hand-applied caviar black finish. The evocative motif is highlighted with hand-applied stringing of gold leaf.
Barry introduces the Bryce Wall Sconce and Flush Mount this fall, each with simple round forms embellished with a motif that hearkens to industrial gears. He has explored these forms with Currey & Company in other collections, the addition of the silver leaf surface a new elegant touch. The classically inspired finial capped off with a ball adds a sophisticated focal point. The glass diffuser in frosted glass provides an even glow, which we know designers appreciate.
Tom Caldwell on New Lighting Introductions
Tom Caldwell designed the Peace Lily Chandelier, which is made of wrought iron in a gesso white finish on the exterior and a silver leaf finish on the interior of its shades. This is one of our designs that proves how a brute material can be made to appear delicate. Tom said of his inspiration for it: “I chose a gesso finish with silver leaf accents to fit it into the genre of 1920’s Paris styling I had in mind.” We are also introducing the Peace Lily as a wall sconce this fall.
Tom also designed both the white and black Moderne Wall Sconces, which are studies in contrasts. His inspiration, he says, were vintage movie theater wall sconces: “They are smaller scaled than the old-school lighting, and they feature gold leaf accents on both the white and black versions.” He also notes they create a wonderful ambient light on the walls of any room. Both versions of the Moderne are certified for damp locations to help designers who tap them for spaces like powder rooms.
Special Mentions by Jean-Charles Chappuis
As we continue to grow our mirror and accessories collections, we are finding some very special pieces thanks to Jean-Charles Chappuis, who explained why the Chadee Mirror, which you can see from a distance in the lead image of this post, is so unique. His description of the elements that create this starburst mirror only become clear when you draw closer, as photographer Beth Tilley Green did in the image above. That’s when you see that the sun rays are actually made of tiny rolling pins used to flatten chapati bread, which have been bleached!
On this table filled with our accessories is a new series of six vases by Frederic de Luca, which are debuting. These include a Black and White Vase, large and small Coral Stripe Vases, a Green and Orange Vase, a Black and Orange Vase, and a Black and Gold Gourd Vase—all with the same boldness Frederic’s art exhibits. The famous gallerist, who opened the ultra-iconic store En attendant les Barbares in Paris during the 1980s, is a lauded painter and we are thrilled to have him creating objets d’art for us.
We’d like to give a shout-out to Beth Tilley Green for the wonderful showroom images she has provided us as we launch our fall offerings.
Sharing with Designers In-Person & Virtually
If you’re traveling to High Point Market, we will be there and ready for you from October 13th to the 21st with more than 500 new items debuting. Appointments are strongly preferred to ensure safety and excellent service so please contact us if you want to stop by. If you’re opting out of market this season, we understand and we will be putting together a number of ways for you to see what we have to offer—at your pace and your comfort level. Our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs remains unwavering. We can’t wait to see you soon, whether in person or online. Stay safe, everyone!